Simpson dreaming of England
Newcastle full back Danny Simpson hopes United's bright start to the season will see England boss Fabio Capello consider him.
With teammate Andy Carroll left out of the Under 21's side this week, a first call up to the England side is expected for the Gateshead born forward.
And now Simpson is hoping to follow in his footsteps and receive international recognition, himself.
"It is nice to hear," he said. "Any Englishman would like to play for England. I would love to after my injury and a few games. You can't get carried away, England people have been to watch Andy and a couple of others who have been doing well, so it is nice to hear my name. It would be nice if it wasn't just a rumour. I don't think anyone will find out until Friday or Saturday. It would be nice, especially with Andy doing well if we had one in, never mind two."
With England regular right back Glenn Johnson injured, it seems Capello may now need to choose either Danny Simpson or Sunderland rival Nedum Onouha to step in with right back options limited.
"There's not many English right backs around in this league, so it wouldn't be that much of a shock if I was in. People have always said to me if I do well I might get an England call. It has always been in the back of my mind."
Simpson has been impressive this season and is certainly a more preferred right back than James Perch in most fans eyes at St James Park.
Whether the call will come is uncertain, but if Simpson continues to produce the form he has so far this season, Capello would be wise to take a look at the former Manchester United man.